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Talking Walk-in Speech and Language Therapy Assessments Sessions 2021-22


COVID service update

We are not running assessments in person at the children’s centres at the moment but are still taking referrals and offering assessment online or by phone.  You can be referred by a professional or parents can contact us to book directly.

You will be invited to an online assessment session. These are on fixed dates and you will be given a time to attend. You will be sent a link to NHS ‘Attend Anywhere’.

If you have been invited to a session that you can’t come to, please call our administration team to book a different session.

If you have been to a Talking Walk In in the past year and want to get some more support from our service, there is no need to re-refer. 

All nurseries and playgroups will still be able to access their link therapist by telephone or email if they would like to discuss specific children.

Hackney Speech and Language Therapy Talking Walk In arrangements during COVID Parent information leaflet  (PDF)

What is a Talking Walk-in?

A Talking Walk-in is a drop-in initial assessment session run by the speech and language therapy service.

These drop–in assessment sessions are run from Children's Centres all over the borough.

If you have concerns about your child’s speech or language development you can just turn up at one of the sessions.

It is an informal play based session for children who are under 5 years old.

It is the way that most families in Hackney first access speech and language therapy.

What happens during the sessions? 

These are stay-and-play style sessions where your child can play and interact with others in a relaxed environment.

A Speech and Language Therapist will talk to you individually about your concerns and observe your child.

You will be given some advice and, if appropriate, you will make a plan together about the most appropriate next steps. This may include further assessment of your child or booking in for some therapy sessions.

Venues in Hackney where Talking Walk-in sessions are held 

  • John Scott Health Centre 
  • Stamford Hill Community Centre
  • Linden Children's Centre
  • Daubeney Children's Centre
  • Sebright Children's Centre
  • Ann Tayler Children's Centre
  • Lubavitch Children's Centre  (No drop-in service please book by phone 0208 809 9050)

Specific dates for Talking Walk In session are available on the service's website Get Hackney Talking - Walk-in session times and dates 2021-22

Record Last Updated on: 13/09/2021

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Who is eligible?

These sessions are for children who may have speech and language support needs who are:

  • Under 5 years old
  • Live in Hackney or the City
  • Do NOT already attend full time school

Referral Details

You can complete a referral form and will be sent a specific date and time. If you do not attend we will follow up with you to see if you are still interested and your child needs an assessment.

Refer to the Speech and Language Therapy Service.

For children attending full-time school who are over the age of 5 contact the school's Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO). Their role is to help you access support from the speech and language therapists, and other services, in school.

GP's in Hackney can also refer to the Speech and Language Therapy Service

You may need to leave your name and contact details on voicemail, but someone will get back to you.

You can refer by email giving us your child’s details and the best way to contact you.

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